Saturday, October 24, 2009



This last Sunday of October is also the last Sunday of the Month of the Rosary
and of the Missions. We continue praying for our missionaries, offering for them our rosaries and our material support.

But today is also Prison Awareness Sunday. The prisoners are people we often forget and, perhaps, we do not want to think about. But they are still our brothers and sisters who, like everybody else, need our compassion, understanding, and prayer.

Let us keep this in mind as we offer this Eucharist for all those who are serving prison sentences, those who are doing their best to assist them, and all the personnel in our penitentiaries.

At the same time, deriving encouragement from the compassionate attitude of Jesus toward Bartimaeus, we seek the Lord’s help for our personal needs and for the needs of all mankind. In this Eucharistic celebration, we will adapt the request of the blind man from Jericho and implore, “Lord, let us see the wonders of your love!”

As Jesus was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a sizable crowd, Bartimaeus, a blind man, the son of Timaeus, sat by the roadside begging.

On hearing that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, son of David, have pity on me!” Many rebuked him, telling him to be silent. But he kept calling out all the more, “Son of David, have pity on me!”

Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” So they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take courage; get up, Jesus is calling you.” Bartimaeus threw aside his cloak, sprang up, and came to Jesus. Jesus said to him in reply, “What do you want me to do for you?” The blind man replied to him, “Master, I want to see.” Jesus told him, “Go your way; your faith has saved you.” Immediately the man received his sight and followed Jesus on the way.